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Alii Ocean Tours

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74-429 Kealakehe Pkwy, Honokohau Marina Slip #J-14, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2707
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Dolphins and Snorkeling

Defiantly a 5 star experience. The crew are so kind and attentive, the boat is really comfortable... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ryan J
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Spinner dolphin and reef snorkel

A great tour. Erin was a wonderful guide. The captain and rest of the crew were top notch. The tour... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
watravelercs
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Redmond, Washington
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Premier Snorkel Tours, Dolphin Experiences, Fully customizable Private Charters, and Whale Watching. Our Premier Ocean Experience in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii will go above and beyond your highest expectations. Revel in our 5-Star Service. Welcome Aboard Hoku 'Elima, our 38 foot luxury snorkel vessel, equipped with state of the art Volvo Penta engines, restroom facility and all the gear you will need. It is the perfect combination of speed and comfort.
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74-429 Kealakehe Pkwy, Honokohau Marina Slip #J-14, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2707
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"swim with dolphins"
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"captain cook monument"
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"small sandwiches"
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"light breakfast"
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"lavender scented"
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"breakfast and lunch"
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"beautiful reef"
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"kealakekua bay"
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"captain matt"
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"fish"
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"photo opportunity"
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"smaller vessel"
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"dolphin snorkel tour"
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"wonderful excursion"
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"large pod of pilot whales"
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"like swimming in an aquarium"
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"lots of sea life"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Defiantly a 5 star experience. The crew are so kind and attentive, the boat is really comfortable, and getting to swim with dolphins and go snorkeling is awesome! They provide coffee, fruit, and pastries in the morning, snacks and drinks throughout the morning, and a...More

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AOT_Team, Owner at Alii Ocean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ryan, Great to have you aboard. You said it best, we have great crews and a great atmosphere for exploring the marine life in Kona Hawaii area.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great tour. Erin was a wonderful guide. The captain and rest of the crew were top notch. The tour was very well run ensuring our safety, and a fun trip. It was amazing to snorkel with dolphin that are not in captivity but are...More

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AOT_Team, Owner at Alii Ocean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for taking your tour with us and thanks for the kind words on the captain and crew. They work had to ensure that you have an enjoyable trip and enjoy the wonderful marine like in Kona Hawaii. Mahalo!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These tour group is the absolute best you can get. Ryan, Matt and Erin were superb. They were very knowledgeable about the sea life and Hawaii itself. They provided fruit and muffins just as you got on the boat and while everyone was getting settled....More

1  Thank Lynn M
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AOT_Team, Owner at Alii Ocean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Our team really appreciates the great review. They work hard to show you the best of the marine life in Kona and we hope on your next trip you tour with us again.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We signed up for the 4 hr snorkeling tour and were lucky to get Ryan and Matthew as our captains. We were well informed and well fed! Continental breakfast started our adventure, followed by a search in the open ocean for pods of dolphins. As...More

1  Thank Carol L
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AOT_Team, Owner at Alii Ocean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the nice review of your trip. Now that you gotten the coaching and experience your next trip should be even better.

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

I was disappointed to read the review by “d q” and can say that I wholeheartedly disagree. I was on the charter Saturday, May 5th with Ryan and Matt and I feel they were 100% respectful of the dolphins, people and others in the water....More

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AOT_Team, Owner at Alii Ocean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for choosing Ali'i Ocean Tours and and for addressing the comments posted by "d q". Ryan and Matt are both excellent Captains and work hard to help guests enjoy a great experience and adhere to the rules and regulations. It is truly amazing...More

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

This is a must do. Now, there are no guarantee that you will see a pod of dolphins but if you have Sharky and Erin as your co-captains they will go above and beyond to make it happen. My husband and son love to swim,...More

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AOT_Team, Owner at Alii Ocean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2018

Thank you for your comments.So glad that you enjoyed the Ali'i Ocean Tours experience!

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Reviewed May 6, 2018

The captain working on Hoku Elima last Saturday was very disrespectful to the Dolphins and the swimmers in the water. She came far into the area near shore where everyone knows it's dangerous to have boats, especially when there are Dolphins and lots of swimmers...More

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AOT_Team, Owner at Alii Ocean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 8, 2018

What you described is not the normal practice for our operation and we will investigate and determine the circumstances and make corrections as necessary.Thank you for bring this to my attention.

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Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

First just to temper expectations, this excursion relies on Mother Nature's cooperation to achieve the maximum enjoyment from it. The crew, Rian and Erin were simply amazing. They were two of the friendliest and engaging guides on the island. Always ready to assist when needed...More

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AOT_Team, Owner at Alii Ocean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2018

Thank You for for your review and for spending your leisure time with Ali'i Ocean Tours. We have great team members and we appreciate your comments. It is a fascinating experience to go on the Dolphin tour and to snorkel in Kealakekua bay. Reallyg lad...More

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Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

Snorkeled with a huge pod of dolphins with my two kids (6 and 8). It was amazing! The crew was experienced, helpful and friendly. Also did some awesome snorkeling near the captain cook monument. Saw lots of sea life and even a huge white tipped...More

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AOT_Team, Owner at Alii Ocean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2018

Thank You for spending your time with Ali'i Ocean Tours. I am glad that you had a great experience both with the dolphins and snorkeling the reef at Captain Cook and that your two kids enjoyed it as well.

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Reviewed April 14, 2018

Our dolphin snorkel with Ali’i Ocean Tours was very enjoyable, despite the fact that we didn’t actually get to swim with the dolphins (we saw them near the harbor but were unable to swim with them). We did go snorkeling by the Captain Cook Monument,...More

Thank Lois M
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AOT_Team, Owner at Alii Ocean Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2018

It happens that sometimes the marine life just does not cooperate. Glad that you enjoyed Kealakekua Bay. The marine life there is beautiful.

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